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Liposuction

Liposuction remains one of our most commonly performed cosmetic procedures. It is particularly popular with people who have “problem areas,” despite regular exercise and dieting. For these people, the areas that do not respond to sit-ups, weight lifting and running can be directly and permanently treated with liposuction, leading to huge improvements in their body contour.  Liposuction typically costs $3,500-7,500.

  • Before-Age:50, Height:5ft 10in, Weight:175lbs
    After-Age:50, Height:5ft 10in, Weight:175lbs
    Age:50, Height:5ft 10in, Weight:175lbs
  • Before-Liposuction of abdomen, love handle areas, lateral hips, medial knees & thighs & upper lateral back
    After-Liposuction of abdomen, love handle areas, lateral hips, medial knees & thighs & upper lateral back
    Liposuction of abdomen, love handle areas, lateral hips, medial knees & thighs & upper lateral back
  • Before-6 weeks post-operative
    After-6 weeks post-operative
    6 weeks post-operative
  • Before-Liposuction 1
    After-Liposuction 1
    Liposuction 1

Liposuction is appropriate for disproportioned amounts of fat in the hips, saddle bags, medial thighs, abdomen, arms, back, knees and under the chin. Usually all of these areas are treated in a single session. Advances in liposuction have been made since its introduction in the 1980s.

This has lead to many catchy names such as liposculpturing, body contouring, etc. The focus in the advancements has been towards a more efficient removal of fat and tightening of the overlying skin. We use ultrasound liposuction to accomplish these goals. The ultrasonic energy fractures the fat cells creating a liquid that is removed by traditional liposuction. The heat generated from this process causes the overlying skin to contract in many patients leading to a more desirable outcome.

  • Before-Age:45, Height:5ft 7in, Weight:155lbs
    After-Age:45, Height:5ft 7in, Weight:155lbs
    Age:45, Height:5ft 7in, Weight:155lbs
  • Before-Liposuction of multiple body areas
    After-Liposuction of multiple body areas
    Liposuction of multiple body areas
  • Before-6 months post-operative
    After-6 months post-operative
    6 months post-operative
  • Before-6 months post-operative
    After-6 months post-operative
    6 months post-operative

The type of anesthesia used is determined by the amount of fat to be removed and the number of areas to be treated. Small amounts of fat from a few areas can be easily and comfortably treated with tumescent anesthesia. This is a special local anesthetic that injects diluted concentration of local anesthetic and epinephrine in the areas to be treated. The local anesthetic allows the painless removal of the fat, and the epinephrine shrinks the blood vessels, minimizing the amount of blood lost. In cases involving large amounts of fat removal from multiple sites, general anesthesia is typically used.

  • Before-Age:23, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:125lbs
    After-Age:23, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:125lbs
    Age:23, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:125lbs
  • Before-Liposuction of abdomen, bilateral lateral thighs, medial thighs, posterior thighs & flanks
    After-Liposuction of abdomen, bilateral lateral thighs, medial thighs, posterior thighs & flanks
    Liposuction of abdomen, bilateral lateral thighs, medial thighs, posterior thighs & flanks
  • Before-4 months post-operative
    After-4 months post-operative
    4 months post-operative
  • Before-4 months post-operative
    After-4 months post-operative
    4 months post-operative

On the day of surgery, the patient and surgeon agree on the areas to be treated. These are marked out on the skin. They also agree on the incisions used to remove the fat. These are typically ¼” to ½” incisions made in natural skin creases or areas hidden by a bathing suit. The fat is removed with a cannula connected to suction with a back and forth motion under the skin.

There are multiple sized and shaped cannulas to access the various areas through inconspicuous incisions. Most of the liposuction cases are outpatient procedures. In some cases where an intermediate amount of fat is removed, the patients are discharged with an IV running, and a visiting home nurse checks on them in the evening. In cases involving large amounts of liposuction the patients are admitted to the hospital for overnight observation for their safety.

  • Before-Age:44, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:180lbs
    After-Age:44, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:180lbs
    Age:44, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:180lbs
  • Before-Liposuction of bilateral mid-axilla, abdomen, medial thighs, hips & flanks and a medial thighlift
    After-Liposuction of bilateral mid-axilla, abdomen, medial thighs, hips & flanks and a medial thighlift
    Liposuction of bilateral mid-axilla, abdomen, medial thighs, hips & flanks and a medial thighlift
  • Before-Age:44, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:180lbs
    After-Age:44, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:180lbs
    Age:44, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:180lbs
  • Before-Liposuction of bilateral mid-axilla, abdomen, medial thighs, hips & flanks and a medial thighlift
    After-Liposuction of bilateral mid-axilla, abdomen, medial thighs, hips & flanks and a medial thighlift
    Liposuction of bilateral mid-axilla, abdomen, medial thighs, hips & flanks and a medial thighlift

After surgery, a tight fitting compression garment must be worn for at least three weeks to maximize your chance that the skin will shrink uniformly and conform smoothly to your new shape. It is important that you get up and walk even the day of surgery to minimize the chances of blood clots forming in the legs. Heavy exercise is discouraged for two to four weeks because this can lead to prolonged swelling. Although liposuction is not particularly painful, you will definitely be sore in the areas treated. Bruising will occur in the areas treated. Obviously, people treated in multiple body areas will have greater discomfort. Once you are off the narcotic pain medication, you can return to work. This is typically two to five days. You can resume all of your usual activities at one month.

  • Before-Age:56, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:135lbs
    After-Age:56, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:135lbs
    Age:56, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:135lbs
  • Before-Liposuction of bilateral medial thighs, saddle bags, hips and abdomen
    After-Liposuction of bilateral medial thighs, saddle bags, hips and abdomen
    Liposuction of bilateral medial thighs, saddle bags, hips and abdomen
  • Before-1 year 4 months post-operative
    After-1 year 4 months post-operative
    1 year 4 months post-operative
  • Before-1 year 4 months post-operative
    After-1 year 4 months post-operative
    1 year 4 months post-operative

The contour results with liposuction are apparent within a couple of weeks. Because of swelling, the clothes worn preoperatively will still be snug for six to eight weeks. By three months the final contour can be appreciated. This new and improved “look” will be long lasting if you maintain your weight and a healthy lifestyle.

  • Before-Age: 36, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:145lbs
    After-Age: 36, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:145lbs
    Age: 36, Height:5ft 5in, Weight:145lbs
  • Before-Liposuction of bilateral saddle bags, hips and inner thighs
    After-Liposuction of bilateral saddle bags, hips and inner thighs
    Liposuction of bilateral saddle bags, hips and inner thighs
  • Before-6 weeks post-operative
    After-6 weeks post-operative
    6 weeks post-operative
  • Before-6 weeks post-operative
    After-6 weeks post-operative
    6 weeks post-operative